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Trainee teacher shortlisted for excellence award

We are pleased to announce that one of our School Direct trainee teachers has been shortlisted for the Ann Barnes Prize for Inspirational Teaching, awarded by the University of Warwick. Judi Ellard joined us in September 2017 as a School Direct salaried trainee in English and Drama, based at George Eliot School and Heath Lane Academy. We asked her to reflect on her training year and what the nomination meant to her:

I am absolutely over the moon to have been shortlisted for the Ann Barnes Prize for Inspirational Teaching, especially from such a prestigious university.

In September, even passing the course seemed an enormous mountain to climb and through the year there has been points where I thought it might not be possible. So to be told the news about the award is, quite frankly, astonishing. However, there is no way that I could have survived the year without the help of close friends, family, and all of the wonderfully supportive staff at both George Eliot School and Heath Lane Academy.

The advice from teaching staff in and out of my department, the words of encouragement from the incredible team of support staff, and the daily smiling faces of the lovely canteen staff all helped me through what has been one of the most challenging years of my life. I cannot thank them enough. These two schools are teeming with brilliant young people, and to have had the opportunity to help them through their academic work and their transition to adulthood has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you very much!

Judi will be taking up a teaching post elsewhere in the country in September, and we wish her all the best with her future career.

 



Publication date: 14/07/2017
Tagline: Trainee teacher shortlisted for excellence award

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